The proposed bill states that the new Express Entry system will allow invites to be based on criteria such as specific academic credentials and industry-related jobs.
According to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, the Express Entry programs it currently stands is being examined along these lines in various conversations with stakeholders or in public forums.
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The Express Entry system now selects individuals from a large pool based on variables such as age, education, work experience, job offer, and language ability (including in French). Those who achieve the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) cut-off are invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Express Entry immigration to Canada is divided into three categories:
Canadian Experience Class (those who have spent at least a year in Canada)
Federal Skilled Employees (skilled workers having qualification and experience)
Federal Expert Traders (those having work experience)
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Canada estimates the wait period for new applications to be 6 months, as it was before the epidemic, when it resumes Express Entry lotteries for all three classes in early July.
Canada discontinued Express Entry draws for CEC candidates in the second half of 2021, while draws for FSWP candidates have been halted since December 2022.
The country recently announced extra perks for international students.
International students in Canada who have a post-graduation work permit expiring between January and December 2022 will be eligible for an additional open work permit valid for up to 18 months beginning in summer 2022. “We are investigating a simpler, expedited approach for this, and details will be made available in the coming weeks,” IRCC says.
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Around 95,000 PGWPs will expire in 2022, and this new open work permit could assist up to 50,000 PGWP holders.
Indians continue to be the primary recipients of both permanent residency and student visas. Under the ‘Express Entry’ pathway, Indian individuals received 50,841 invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada in 2020. Nearly 100,000 Indians became permanent residents of Canada in 2021, as the country allowed a record 405,000 new immigrants.
As of December 31, 2021, there were approximately 622,000 foreign students in Canada, including 217,410 Indians.